The Henry Clay People

Named for a 19th Century Secretary of State and clearly inspired by Pavement and other quirky ’90s commodities early on, the Southern California-formed Henry Clay People have since broadened their horizons to include sunny ’60s hooks and a sort of slacker twang. Now based in L.A., the increasingly solid quintet released last year’s For Cheap Or For Free on the in-house label of L.A.’s popular Aquarium Drunkard blog and were recently handpicked by the breakout act The Airborne Toxic Event to tour with them this fall. That’s quite a break for a band that’s been toiling in obscurity and self-releasing cryptically titled output for most of the past decade. As comeuppance goes, then, it’s a satisfying development. Armed with crunchy nuggets like “This Ain’t A Scene” and “You Can Be Timeless,” the Henry Clay People are looking more and more like L.A.’s answer to Blitzen Trapper, combining classic rock and indie with woolly aplomb.

With The Airborne Toxic Event and Red Cortaz. All ages. DOUG WALLEN

Thu., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., 2009

 
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